When to Shop for the Best Deals on Clothing

As parents, one of the things we constantly find ourselves doing is buying clothes for our children. For most of us, it seems like our kids grow out of the clothes we buy them within a few weeks of the initial purchase. This makes it hard to find the best deals on clothing because when our kids outgrow something, like a pair of jeans, we have to get another pair as soon as possible. However, if you are able to plan ahead (just a little) and know when the best time to shop for clothing is, then you will be able to catch some of the best clothing deals!

  • Shop at the End of the Season. While a lot of parents have heard this tip before, not a lot of them actually put it into practice. It’s a shame because this is one of the best ways to save a ton of money on your kids’ clothing. All you need to do is wait until the end of the season and shop the clearance racks for clothing your kids can wear next year at this time
    For instance, winter is coming up. Every year I wait until the end of winter (late February/early March) to shop for winter coats for my kids. Last year, I happened to find a nice coat that was originally $60 on sale for $8. It was a 4T instead of a 3T, so now my son will be able to wear that coat this winter
  • Wait Until a Few Days before a Major Holiday. This may sound a little contradictory to the advice just given, but it only applies to holiday outfits that you plan to purchase from a LOCAL retailer. If you want to find the best deal on Christmas dresses for your little ones, then wait until a few days before Christmas to go shopping for it. Yes, it may be crowded and you may have fewer choices, but because most people shop ahead of time, you will most likely find some awesome deals.
    Now, remember that this is only for local retailers. If you prefer to shop online, you need to begin shopping for holiday outfits a month to six weeks in advance. You will naturally find better deals online as online retailers have to keep their prices lower than local retailers in order to stay competitive. However, you have to allow time to get the outfits in and altered if necessary. Therefore, DO NOT wait until the last minute to shop for great clothing deals when ordering online
  • Use Social Media to Your Advantage. I know, this one probably sounds a little out of place, right? After all we are trying to find the best deals on clothing, not learn how to tweet correctly. Right! Believe it or not, the majority of your favorite stores have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. When you connect with them through these social media outlets, you’ll receive regular updates from them…most of the time these updates are coupons that can be used either online, in-store or both!
    Additionally, there are a number of people who have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts specifically for the purpose of providing their readers with the best online/offline deals available. Just do a quick search for “coupons, moms and coupons, etc.” and you’ll get some hits. Follow and/or “like” these people and you will be surprised at all the deals you’ll be able to take advantage of. And, the best part about this one is that there isn’t any “special” time you have to do it. The deals come in daily, so anytime is great!

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

After watching shows on television like Toddlers and Tiaras, many parents make the assumption that child beauty pageants are a bad thing. The main reason is because there are a lot of people shown on these shows who place a huge weight on their toddlers to win. Of course, this isn’t a good thing, but when parents take their focus off the winning side of child beauty pageants, their children can reap big benefits from these competitions. Below are a few:

  • Confidence – As adults, we know the importance of being confident in your abilities. Having a healthy level of self-confidence helps us achieve our goals, make friends, pursue a career and many other things. Building confidence starts at a young age and child beauty pageants are a great vehicle for toddlers to start building self-confidence.
  • Social Skills – Child beauty pageants also help children improve their social skills as they learn how to make new friends with other kids their own age. Children competing in child beauty pageants will also learn how to effectively communicate with adults as well.
  • Good Sportsmanship – Learning how to be a good sport is something every child should be taught how to do. After all, no one ever wins everything in life…we all fail at some point and have to learn how to get back up. Child beauty pageants teach children this lesson as not every contestant will go home with a trophy. The good thing is that young contestants learn that with hard work and determination they can earn a trophy, and when they do, the win is that much more valuable to them.
  • Prizes – Of course there are prizes given out at child beauty pageants. While they shouldn’t be the sole reason for entering these competitions, they are considered benefits. Young children can win anything from trophies and crowns to modeling lessons, trips and iPods. However, if a child continues to compete in beauty pageants in the college, there are often monetary prizes that can help one pay for a college education.

Cons of Child Beauty Pageants

After Baby Tips for Mommy

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had one child or ten…each pregnancy and post-pregnancy is a completely different experience. I recently (3 weeks ago) had my second child and while I can say that I love my new little one just as much as my first one – both the pregnancy and the post-pregnancy experiences were different than the first time around. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because I have a four year old, but this pregnancy seemed much more difficult and less enjoyable than my first one – and the postpartum recovery period has been a little worse too.

Many mothers get the “baby blues” once their little one arrives, which is completely normal. However, there are some things we can do to make the postpartum process more enjoyable. Below are some tips to help you with this.

  • Eat Right – After you have a baby, it’s important that you consume a well-balanced diet each day, especially if you are breastfeeding. Don’t go on a strict, low-calorie diet right away…you need the extra calories to keep up your energy so you can take care of your little one. If you are breastfeeding and don’t get the food you need on a daily basis it can affect your milk supply, making it taste sour which will cause your little one to stop eating. Eating the right foods and keeping your body well-nourished will also help keep you in good spirits too.
  • Sleep – Bringing home a baby can be overwhelming because there is just so much to do. When you’re not feeding the little one, you’re either cleaning bottles, pumping, doing the laundry or trying to tidy up the house…it can be exhausting. It’s important that you get a good amount of sleep when you come home. Some of the household chores may just have to wait. Getting ample amount of sleep each day will make you a better mommy as you’ll have more energy, be in a better mood, have more patience and, therefore, will be less likely to be a victim of postpartum depression.
  • Do Something for You – Most of us mommies are guilty of putting everyone else first and sacrificing our needs and wants. I’m here to tell you that you need your time too. This is kind of like sleep because when you make time to do something you like to do, it’s like therapy and helps you be a better mom when you’re with your baby. So, it doesn’t matter if you hire a babysitter once a week to go have lunch with a friend, take long baths at night or get your husband to watch the little one while you sneak out to go exercise. Do something for yourself! Shoot, maybe all you want to do is go shopping for a new baby dress or baby suit for baby pictures. Get your spouse or a friend to watch the little one while you go out and shop ALONE…it will make a world of difference!

Accessories for Flower Girls

If you’ve had much experience with little girls, then you understand how much fun they have dressing up. Chances are that when you ask your future flower girl if she would like to be in your wedding, she’ll immediately light up. The thought of being a princess and getting to wear a real princess dress is more than exciting for little girls. However, remember that your flower girls will need more than the flower girl dress. They will need a few accessories too.

Shoes – Every woman knows the importance of a good pair of shoes. This isn’t any different for little girls. Your flower girl will need a pair of dress shoes that compliments her flower girl dress perfectly.

Hair Accessories – All princesses wear hair accessories. For flower girls, you can find decorative headpieces that are adorned with flowers, pearls and ribbons. Or, if you prefer something more simple, there are smaller hair bows and headbands available that give the hair an understand elegance, perfect for flower girls.

The Basket – Every flower girl has to have a basket to carry the rose petals in. If you opt for a white flower girl basket, make sure the color of the basket matches the color of your dress.

For flower girl dresses and accessories, visit KidsFormal.com today. All of our products are priced affordably and you’ll be surprised at the selection to choose from.